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August 16
  • Smart Bombs: Homework on education needed

    Page B10 You can’t fully understand the complexities of funding basic education without reading the two bills the Legislature adopted to accomplish this constitutional mandate. ESHB 2261 and SHB 2776 were passed … 3

  • Kathleen Parker: Taking a break gives time to think

    Page B10 It is that sane and glorious time when the nation’s capital dispenses its human cargo to places of origin and locations of respite. “I don’t know why everyone leaves,” I …

  • Editorial: Time has come for lawmakers to act on funding for schools

    Page B10 Like a desperate college student trying to resolve an “incomplete,” the Washington Legislature submitted its progress report on satisfying the Supreme Court’s McCleary decision; then discovered what it already knew. … 6

  • Michael Baumgartner: Lawmakers grant state’s wishlist

    Page B11 Spokane and Eastern Washington won big in the Legislature this year: in education, transportation and fiscal responsibility. It wasn’t easy. It took Eastern Washington senators working together as a bipartisan …

  • Shooting could spark fires

    Page B11 The public has to only look out their windows to see the haze caused from the fires in our area. This is dangerous wildfire weather, things are tinder dry, campgrounds …

  • Gun control ironic

    Page B11 Many historians say our gun control laws originated with an effort by white people to control black people. The Jim Crow gun control laws are a good example. However, historically …

  • Downtown litter troubling

    Page B11 On a recent morning, I had the occasion to enjoy breakfast at one of our many fine downtown restaurants we have. Going around the block to park, I couldn’t help …

  • Land of the free?

    Page B11 This last spring I safely and happily walked along busy streets, and attended live theater, outdoor athletic competitions, outdoor performances, busy shopping malls and even an elementary school fair, all …

  • Respect parking code

    Page B11 I was shocked that Patty Walker felt she had the right to park illegally, and should not have received a ticket. She was a visitor to the neighborhood and disrespected …

  • Make peace with peace

    Page B11 Skepticism? Guest commentator Bob Stilger (Aug. 9) was too kind, correcting your editorial misstatement that two Japanese cities were vaporized, roasted and radiated to end World War II. I admire …

  • VA overhaul was needed

    Page B11 The Spokesman-Review published an article July 23 written by Matthew Daly of the Associated Press. The article featured Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald and his comments at a House Veterans …

  • Careful with arming requirement

    Page B11 In response to Lary O’Neal (“Defending active military,” Aug. 5), and every soldier required to carry handguns. I’m a U.S. Army veteran. We were assigned an M-16. I also had …

  • Can’t just play church

    Page B11 In the Aug. 8 paper, Craig Detmer wisely noted that moral guidance and compassion are not mutually exclusive of one another. Indeed, Jesus said that the greatest commandment is to …

August 15
  • Charles Krauthammer: Rubio, Trump worth placing bets

    Page A12 Both presidential nomination contests having been scrambled by recent events – the FBI taking control of Hillary Clinton’s private email server and a raucous, roiling GOP debate – the third …

  • Editorial: Courts right to OK initiatives, examine flaws later

    Page A12 With legislators finally home and the governor on the road, Washington’s third branch of government took command this week. Supporters of the state’s initiative process did well. Thursday, Spokane County …

  • Froma Harrop: Low-income voters face hurdles, not impossibilities

    Page A12 The students at Miami Central Senior High frustrated me, and I frustrated them. The topic was Ferguson and my opinion that African-Americans in that torn-up Missouri city could get the …

  • Rich Eichstaedt, Jerry White: Time to clean up our toxic rivers

    Page A13 Fishing in our lakes, bays and rivers is part of our Washington heritage. In 2013, over 1.5 million Washingtonians bought fishing licenses and spent 13.4 million days on the water …

  • Iran agreement beats war

    Page A13 This agreement with Iran will halt development of an atomic weapon for the next decade and prevent our involvement in yet another Middle East war. The “no deal” with continued …

  • Get carbon tax on ballot

    Page A13 It is time to do something about climate change. The risks are too great to sit back and wait to see what happens. Carbon taxes provide an incentive for people …

  • Evolution mischaracterized

    Page A13 Ken Campbell (“Monkey on many backs” – Aug. 1) should expand his reading horizons beyond The Spokesman-Review. The Airway Heights mayor who compared Michelle and President Obama to monkeys wasn’t …

  • Rebellion in disguise

    Page A13 It is starting to sound like the Sagebrush Rebellion of the mid-1990s all over again. Recently, Stevens County Commissioner Steve Parker announced the results of his meeting in Okanogan County …

  • Seniors can get good treatment

    Page A13 Regarding “Seniors get poor treatment” by Michael Genteman, Aug. 2:

  • Lenient sentencing not working

    Page A13 What will it take for our judicial system to realize that lenient sentencing for repeat offenders isn’t working? Are you kidding me? Twenty-plus convictions and they get out with little …

  • Memories of skate park

    Page A13 Yes, the kids have lots of good memories of the UTF, and so do we. As parents, we’d take our son and friends there, stopping at the Spirit Skate Shop …

  • Love for Turner, S-R staff

    Page A13 Along with the rest of his readers, I love Paul Turner. I love his wide-ranging mind, his humanity and his unique view of the world and our region. Those qualities …

  • Misinformation on water

    Page A13 The Spokesman-Review’s front-page picture of Dr. John Osborn, the environmentalist, putting more misinformation into the heads of our young people, is disgusting. He says, “When we pump from the aquifer …

  • Use recycled water

    Page A13 When the Joe Albi Sports Complex was built about six years ago, the irrigation system was put in to use recycled water. The recycled water was supposed to come from …

  • Kudos to genuine capitalists

    Page A13 Michael Cain’s Aug. 5 letter (“Pope critics in for surprise”) is revealing. He is basking in the Pope’s Laudato Si. The 10th Commandment says, “Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor’s …

August 14